, Kowa Research Europe Ltd. and Kowa Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd. Boards have appointed Mr. Gilles Picard as President of the Companies. Gilles Picard joined Kowa European offices in Winnersh Triangle, UK from Abbvie, where he was most recently Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Africa region, based in Singapore. Previously, Gilles Picard worked in various Global and European leadership positions with Schering-Plough Corp in France, USA, Belgium and Switzerland.